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    27th February 2008

    Disgruntled shot-putters…

    So, I don’t normally post news items on my blog, and I know I’ve promised an update – but 1) who reads this anymore anyway?; and 2) I found this news item to be humorous and out of the ordinary, so that I’m putting it up.

    At the US Indoor Track and Field Championships last week, the winner of the shot put made some angry comments about a fellow competitor at a post-competition press conference. Apparently Christian Cantwell had wanted Reese Hoffa to bring him a certain size of indoor shot so he could use it at the meet, and Hoffa refused. Cantwell won by a few inches but then complained that he could have broken the world record if he’d been able to use the right size shot. There are a number of obvious questions, like why Cantwell doesn’t have the right size indoor shot himself – especially seeing how he’s going for a world record? And is there something else going on in this feud?

    In any case, there’s a little writeup in the Boston Globe that has some good quotes. Since the two will be together in Spain for the World Championships in a few weeks, the article concludes with this gem:

    By the time the US team heads to Valencia, Hoffa figures the bad feelings will have blown over.

    “He can trash talk all he wants,” said Hoffa. “While he’s in Valencia, he’s got to have someone to hang out with.”

    Now take a look at the picture of Christian Cantwell in the Globe article and tell me you’d really want to have this guy upset with you…

    Alright, I know that’s a lame post, but whatev’. Have a good one!

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    18th February 2008

    Sauni’s Big Jump Winter/Spring Calendar Update

    I’m sending out an update to the Sauni’s Big Jump fan list, and so I figure I’ll also post it here for my friends out there in the world wide web:

    Hello Sauni’s Fans and Friends!

    We’ve been slogging through a snowy winter here in Colorado, starting a new semester of classes, and working hard on finding a few good places to play this spring. It’s hard to play too many shows while also being full-time students – especially since we’re students at three different schools in three different cities: Elle, Nick, and Jon are all students at CU in Boulder, Kristen takes classes at CSU in Fort Collins, and I go down to Denver to take classes at Denver Seminary. This can make practicing rather tricky, and we often end up practicing in parts – 2 or 3 of us at a time…

    Which is part of why we’re so excited to play shows – we all get to be together to play! We currently have 5 dates for the upcoming months, and we will probably add a couple in April and May, but we’ve been focusing more on the quality of venues than the quantity. So, without further ado, here are the upcoming gigs:

    Friday, February 22nd, 6-8pm (officially, but it will be more like 6:30-8:30) in Loveland, CO at the Starbucks on 287 by Hobby Lobby

    Friday, March 7th, 7:30-9:30pm in Loveland, CO at Sweet Spot, a cafe at 210 E. 4th St. in downtown Loveland

    Saturday, March 22nd, 7pm in Fort Collins, CO at Everyday Joe’s with Eva Holbrook and Bradley Hathaway (we’re actually opening for Bradley, whom I interviewed last month for an ezine – check out that interview at http://comanionship.com/component/option,com_deeppockets/task,contShow/id,48/Itemid,51/)

    Friday, April 4th, time and venue to be announced in Boulder, CO where we’re supposed to be opening for Dave Beagle at a benefit concert

    Thursday, May 1st, 7:30pm in Boulder, CO at the Rock N Soul Cafe at 5290 Arapahoe Ave, ste 1, where we will be part of showcase of three local groups (there’s a $5 cover for this show)

    We hope everything is going well for all you all, and we also hope to see you at a show sometime soon!

    And I hope that everything is going well for you readers of my thoughts and adventures, which I will post more of sometime this week, hopefully – sometime when I’ve done a bit more of my schoolwork!
    -Daryl

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    5th February 2008

    Also, vote for Sauni’s Big Jump at OurStage.com!

    Ok, so, there’s this site called OurStage.com, and they have monthly competitions for music that artists upload.

    The competition works like this: You go to their site and hit the JUDGE tab up at the top. You can then choose on a category of music you want to judge.

    Two songs will pop up with artwork and sometimes with a little information from the artist about the song. You have to listen to at least 15 seconds of each song (ideally more) and then you click on a degree of difference between the two songs, or if they’re the same, you can choose that.

    Of course, this means that you can’t just go to the site and vote for Sauni’s Big Jump a billion times – you have to judge a lot of songs just to get one of our songs to come up. But if you like music, it’s actually pretty fun – and you could take a few minutes to assess who our rivals are and vote them down, too (hahaha – evil cackling…).

    To see our profile, where you can find out what genres our songs are entered under and their current standings, go to http://www.ourstage.com/fanclub/saunisbigjump

    And get to voting!

    I’m back in school now… and in case you need a little incentive to purchase our music…

    …My brother Eric is offering a bit of a bribe to his readers to buy our music. He’ll throw in three e-books on internet marketing strategies for anyone who follows the link from his page to buy one of our CDs of download our MP3s. If that sweetens the deal for you at all, go to ericstips.com (you can also see a picture of me flexing for the camera on our trip to Mexico…).

    And you can always go to our site, www.saunisbigjump.com, to either listen to or buy our music. And if you’re a little intimidated by the whole PayPal thing, you might now have noticed that on the left hand of the PayPal purchase screen you can continue on to pay without signing up for a PayPal account (though having a PayPal account can be quite useful seeing how as they’re probably the largest payment processing company on the ‘net).

    Oh yah, and I’m back in school for another semester, which means I’m down here in Denver at school wishing I was at home playing guitar.

    AND I missed all of my only class this morning – the one that I woke up around 5am to try to get to – because traffic through Denver was so awful following our latest snow storm…

    1st February 2008

    Tonight, if you are in Northern Colorado, you should be at Everyday Joe’s…

    Our friend Julie Butler, who lent us her tremendous pipes for our song Anything Could Happen, is opening with a few songs of her own at 7pm, after which we will play for as long as we still have songs to play, but definately not past 10pm. Come and hang out and listen to your favorites – which we will hopefully play if you come – and get some great coffee at a great venue. Bring a friend and hang out, it’s going to be really cool.

    Ok, sleep time for me! Ciao!

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